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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Science & Basic Tech. - Aeronautical Science and Basic Technology Research

Two other major roles of JAXA's Aeronautical Technology Directorate are to conduct basic research to create new technologies for the future, and enhancing technologies that support experimental and analytical activities.
To support projects and research activities by JAXA and its stakeholders in relevant industries, JAXA creates scientific and technical knowledge to further enhance its world-leading experimentation and analytical capabilities in the fields of aviation and space, and transfer the results as Japan's common intellectual property to wider users. For these purposes, JAXA conducts scientific and basic research of aerodynamics, materials and structures, numerical analysis, and flight mechanics as well as maintaining and improving Japan's large-scale R&D facilities and flight demonstration capabilities using experimental aircraft.

Aerodynamic technology

To provide higher-accuracy and higher-quality test data more efficiently by advancing wind tunnel technologies, and to assist in the development of technology for improving aerodynamic performance, JAXA makes continuous R&D efforts, thereby contributing to the growth of Japanese aerospace industry and global competitiveness.

Flight technology

JAXA is operating a flight research facility including a research fleet ranging from helicopter to jet airplane, flight test bases, and flight simulators. Using these facilities and technologies, we strive to contribute greatly to our society from short-term and long-term perspectives.

Propulsion technology

To contribute to the enhancement of the international competitiveness of the Japanese aviation industry, we are developing leading-edge technologies for aircraft engines to meet demands for lower fuel consumption and environmental compatibility. Moreover, state-of-the-art technology that eliminates fossil fuel usage while providing high-speed convenience and environmental compatibility is developed and demonstrated in an effort to explore new air transport infrastructure.

Structural / composite materials technology

Equipped with specialized testing devices, the JAXA Advanced Composite Research Center conducts various basic and applied studies, to assess and validate developed materials and structures, aiming at promoting the practical application of composite materials in designing aerospace structures to achieve goals from improving composite materials performance to the development of analysis and demonstration technologies. We also promote the practical use of composite materials through efforts at ISO/JIS standardization for advanced composite material evaluation methods, and through provision of composite material databases for shared use by society at large.

Numerical analysis technology

By improving the efficiency and reliability of numerical analysis technology and by encouraging its practical and effective application for space and aeronautic projects, we are steadily advancing fundamental numerical analysis technology and its peripheral technologies to higher levels while ensuring high usability.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and operation technology

By researching and developing basic technologies for improving the operational safety and mission capabilities of small UAS, JAXA is helping expand the scope of the technology and contributing to the realization of a safe and prosperous society.

Applied fundamental technology

JAXA is developing applied fundamental technology to enable the application of our accumulated fundamental technology to the design, development, evaluation and certification of aircraft systems, and to revolutionize associated processes. By doing so, we aim to help enhance the international competitiveness of the Japanese aircraft industry.